Avengers: Infinity War assembles highest world and US opening weekends of all time

Avengers: Infinity War opened with US$630 million (S$834 million) in its first weekend, the highest global opening of all time, industry estimates showed on Sunday (April 29).

“The latest Marvel juggernaut… opened with $630m worldwide, making it the largest global weekend tally in the history of film, and this was done without China,” which has a later opening, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

Infinity War, which brings together some two dozen superheroes in a 10-year climax of Marvel Studio’s “cinematic universe”, also set a new domestic record with $US250 million ($330 million) at the American box office, edging past Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the all-time highest opening weekend in the United States.

In Australia, the blockbuster netted a cool $30 million over its opening weekend down under.

The global record was set even though the film is yet to open in China, the world’s second-largest movie market — it opens in China on May 11.

Infinity War, which features more than two dozen superheroes fighting to save the universe, brings together the stars of Marvel’s superhero stable, including Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, Chris Evans’ Captain America and many more.

The 2 hour, 40 minute-long Infinity War is one of the largest films ever assembled with a production budget reportedly almost $US300 million

It was shot over 18 months back-to-back with a sequel due out next summer.